Stand Up For SlaughterHouse…

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Most of us are in agreement that the SlaughterHouse movement can singlehandedly (albeit four pairs of single hands) save rap music from itself. The best thing that will come from SlaughterHouse will be the transformation of Crooked I and Joell Ortiz. These are the two artists with the most to gain and the most ground to cover in front of them. I see Royce and Budden as two mentor-like artists who have so much experience and knowledge to offer even if they no longer have the potential as the other half of the the movement.

I’m not saying that Royce or Budden are lacking anything, its simply that Crooked I and Joell have a greater potential inside of rap because they have less wear and tear on them. There should be no debate that Royce and Budden still remain fit physically and most importantly, lyrically. The key to success for Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and the movement as a whole will be their work ethic and their ability to keep their egos in check. I think Joell Ortiz is on the right path. Here’s a clip of him on stage at the Roots crew jam session this past Monday.

I had the chance to visit the studio where Joell Ortiz was working on crafting some lyrics for the song ‘Stand Up’ produced by Novel. When I listen to this song I remember what I love to listen to rap music for. This song empowers me to start my day off. I miss having rap music that inspires me to find my next level. Instead of using haters to fuel my actions I just need to look at myself and recognize my own power, my own value.

That’s a risky and courageous move for Joell Ortiz to release a song that doesn’t subscribe to the nihilistic or narcissistic attitudes that are pervasive in rap music today. I don’t know if most rap fans want to believe they can be winners. I know I do. That is why I fux with Joell Ortiz, and that is why I want SlaughterHouse to win. What do you want?

Stand Up!

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  • Phil

    Slaughterhouse for the WIN.

    HAH, it’s SUCH a wrap for these amateur, wet-eared interns. Joell for the WIN. Crooked for the WIN.

  • Pierzy

    Well done, Mr. Penn. I’m so hopeful for Slaughterhouse that I may get my Obama on and start screaming for “Change!”

    Joell Ortiz has the potential to be another NYC rap giant but I think all 4 of them still can take their individual games to the next level like Nash did when he left Dallas to go back to Phoenix.

    As a 4 man squad? They’re unstoppable…

    So far, they’ve done 5 songs as a group and every single of them is the truth. Enjoy this movement now because these things don’t happen very often!

    • Pierzy

      “Been in the streets longer than Yao Ming’s wingspan/You can be MTV, I’ll be C-Span/I deal with politics, bandannas and hollow tips/Half you rappers follow this/role models can swallow dick/was stressed out over cash flow/hip-hop used to console my soul, now it’s a bunch of assholes…”

      —Crooked I on “Move On” (Slaughterhouse Remix)

      • og bobby j

        “was set up to be a loser but was made to be a winner/if the paint hip hop i bet my face be in the picture/ if they wrote a rap bible bet my name be in the scripture/ if shorty say she my ido bet her face be in my zipper/.”

        Joell Ortiz – “Move On” (Slaughterhouse Remix)

  • yoprince

    mixtape rapper extraordinaires!

  • Detroit P

    soundwise, reminds me of that Joe Budden song ft. The Game…”the Future” i think.


    This track is a breath of fresh air. Im dying to see Ortiz blow up.

  • Chris Cash

    A lot of Bromance too..

  • Jhon da Analyst

    I’m glad I came up on true hip hop and Slaughterhouse is the crew that keeps me still fuckin with hip hop to this day. Along with my boys Ras Kass & Chino XL

  • http://xxl All Dae

    Joells nice I copped his Bodega Chronicles which was dope. I would like to hear a studio album from this guy not a mixtape or a few verses on S.H.

  • anonymous

    Where have you been?

  • OG Matt Herbz

    Yo, that’s what’s up, nigga, but when can I cop shit? When’s the album hitting my local Best Buy is what I’m askin?!

    Good looking, that Ortiz poem was tight.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

  • Tony Grand$

    They are definitely an inspiration to the musical ethos of hip hop. The most powerful instrument on “our” music is not the MP, not the computer, not even the mic. It’s the voice. & they have FOUR voices. Not just four dudes slick-talking.

    I agree with the Royce & Joe observation; for the most part they’ve been where Ortiz & Crook are headed. Hopefully that won’t fuel any ego-induced drama in the long run.

    They have a lane in hip hop that hasn’t been witnessed since Wu. An actual collaboration of talent, as opposed to one tight nigga & his merry band of blunt rollers. For all intents & purposes, these cats stand to blow hip hop, as a whole, into the stratosphere.

  • Billy X. Sunday

    Because I fux with Joell I get to hear some of the joints he’s cooking up on his own. That boy got some heat about to drop.

    For me, SlaughterHouse is four dudes that when you combine them they are greater than their individual sums. Rap has needed that shit since the Dips.

  • $ykotic

    Joell making me proud. They all have their lane, so per se this is a parking lot pimping project.

    But it works because they are emcees and they sound good together. It has been proven. And it seems like they have fun together.

    I’ma try to help them win. Street promote them with any song I can get now and buy 4 copies for each of them.

    Whenever they drop. Sometime soon hopefully.

  • Incilin

    “This song empowers me to start my day off.”

    ^^ No lie, I pretty much start every day off playing Fight Club first thing in the morning. It just gets me going and I always wake up singing it.

  • EmCDL

    Definitely Joell and Crooked-I for the win! I want real hip hop back dammit! Can’t wait to see them at the Rock The Bells concert either

  • king blair

    The Internets demanded it. LOL You musta got ya check aggin! In order of skil IMHO
    1. Crooked
    2. Joel
    3. Budden–over Royce only cuz of Mood Musik1-3
    4. Royce- Weak catalog but raw skills like Bis

    • BIGNAT

      i agree to a point but your 1 and 2 got to switch joell is on fireeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Combat Jack

    If Harris Pub. sent me a monthly check, would have locked down 3/4 of the blog equivalent to Slaughterhouse.

  • Генадий Петрович

    Извините за то, что вмешиваюсь… Я разбираюсь в этом вопросе. Давайте обсудим.

  • KingTime

    Но наступает время отрезвленья,

  • SlaughterHouse

    I disagree… Saying that Crooked and Joell have the most potential is, in my opinion, incorrect. Sure, Joell and Crooked do have a lot of potential and are great additions to SlaughterHouse, Budden and Nickel are who really make it. Royce showed this and got some fame through Hell: The Sequel, but Budden’s time is yet to come, I think. He’s one of the most underrated rappers in the game and for sure one of the best. If you havent heard it yet, listen to “Ordinary Love Shit, Pt.3 (Closure)”. This really shows Joe’s true potential and insane lyrics. He deserves more recognition and in my opinion has more potential then Ortiz and Crook put together.